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Raising awareness about hunger-related issues in your community is an essential—and relatively cost-free—part of fighting hunger in Western New York and beyond. You can advocate on behalf of those in need in a variety of ways, including:

  • Contacting your elected officials
  • Writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
  • Posting and sharing stories on social media
  • Discussing hunger with your family, friends and coworkers

For more information or to get involved with FeedMore WNY’s advocacy efforts today, contact:

Lauren Picone, Government Affairs Manager
(716) 822-2005 ext. 3085 or lpicone@feedmorewny.org

what is food insecurity?

Simply put, it is not having consistent access to enough nutritious food to lead a healthy life. The reasons for food insecurity are complex, and could include the loss of a job, inadequate wages, injury, illness, lack of access to SNAP (food stamps), and costs associated with unexpected hardships.

is food insecurity the same as poverty?

Food insecurity and poverty are often related, but do not always go hand-in-hand.

For example, there are families who live below 100% of the federal poverty line that are food secure. These families could be prioritizing food over other necessities (medicine, personal hygiene or cleaning products) in order to remain food secure.

Likewise, there are people who live above the poverty line that are food insecure. These people may not be eligible for government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. For many of these food-insecure individuals, their only form of food assistance may be through charities, like FeedMore WNY.

who is hungry in WNY?

Hunger doesn’t discriminate. Many of our community members are just one job loss, medical emergency or unexpected crisis away from needing food assistance.

Hunger touches nearly every zip code in our service area, including suburbs and rural areas. People who live in rural areas – the very places where food is grown to feed others – are often more at risk of hunger due to limited job opportunities, public transport and child care services. The nearest grocery store or pantry is often miles away.

The face of hunger may surprise you. Those who are hungry include hard-working families trying desperately to make ends meet. It includes seniors who worked all their lives only to discover that their fixed income has made it necessary for them to choose between heating their home and a hot meal. It includes children who have to arrive at school hungry because their parents cannot afford to feed them breakfast.

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